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               === No. 12 South Carolina avoids upset, downs UCF ===
 
 Orlando,  FL (Sports  Network) -  Mike Davis  rushed for  167 yards  and three
 touchdowns as the 12th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks roared back to down UCF
 28-25 after a dismal first half.
 
 UCF  (3-1)  took an  early 10-0 lead,  but conceded 28  straight points in the
 second half to give South Carolina (3-1) the lead.
 
 Dylan  Thompson took over at quarterback for Connor Shaw, who suffered a right
 shoulder  sprain on  South Carolina's first drive of the game. Thompson rushed
 for  a  touchdown  and  completed  15-of-32  passes  for  261  yards  with  an
 interception.
 
 Bruce Ellington led the receiving corps with 88 yards on four receptions.
 
 Blake  Bortles threw  for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions,
 while Rannell Hall caught two touchdowns with 142 yards.
 
 Storm  Johnson dove into the end zone from a yard out to give UCF an early 7-0
 lead.  Johnson's  run capped off  a 75-yard drive  that included a 19-yard run
 from Bortles.
 
 Shaw  hurt his  shoulder when he landed awkwardly following a fumble. Terrance
 Plummer hit Shaw to force the fumble while Brandon Alexander recovered it. UCF
 took over at their own 36.
 
 After an 18-yard completion to Jeff Godfrey, UCF moved up 15 more yards due to
 a  personal  foul on Brison Williams.  Shawn Moffit drove a field goal through
 the uprights from 27 yards out to give UCF a 10-0 edge.
 
 South  Carolina  punter Tyler Hull mismanaged  a high snap and only punted the
 ball  four yards to  give UCF good field position with under five minutes left
 in  the second quarter. Three plays later, Victor Hampton jumped in front of a
 receiver to pick off Bortles.
 
 Thompson  hit a wide open Ellington for 22 yards to UCF's 28-yard line with 26
 seconds  left in the half. After two incompletions, a 15-yard penalty took the
 Gamecocks  out of field goal position. Thompson was picked off by Sean Maag to
 end the half.
 
 Mike  Davis  broke loose for  a 53-yard touchdown run  to start off the second
 half.
 
 On the next Gamecocks' drive, running back Brandon Wilds fumbled after getting
 tripped  up. Clayton Geathers recovered the fumble on South Carolina's 47-yard
 line. Wilds suffered a left elbow sprain on the play.
 
 Thompson  then lobbed the  football 38 yards down the field to Damiere Byrd to
 place  the Gamecocks at the UCF 4. After two runs from Davis, Thompson ran the
 ball into the end zone to give South Carolina the lead.
 
 Next  series,  UCF tried  a trick play  but South Carolina  sniffed it out and
 forced  another interception.  Bortles tossed  the ball  back to  Godfrey, who
 lobbed the ball across the field setting up an easy pick for Jimmy Legree.
 
 Ellington's 19-yard reception drove South Carolina to the UCF 20. Davis eluded
 several  tackles and  carried a UCF defender  on his back into the end zone to
 give the Gamecocks a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
 
 Bortles  fumbled the ball after getting hit on the next drive. The ball popped
 loose  and  a diving Gerald  Dixon came up with  the ball. After four straight
 touches,  Davis ran  the ball  in from  13  yards out  to extend  the lead  to
 28-10.
 
 Hall  caught  a pass over the  middle and took the  ball up the sideline for a
 73-yard touchdown. J.J. Worton caught the ball in the back of the end zone for
 a  successful two-point conversion cutting the South Carolina lead down to ten
 points.
 
 After  forcing a  punt, Worton returned the  ball 35 yards to give the Knights
 good  field position  at South Carolina's 35-yard line, but Bortles underthrew
 a receiver and was picked off by T.J. Hollorman.
 
 Turnovers  proved to be costly again. Thompson connected with Jerell Adams for
 45 yards before Davis fumbled the ball after a hard hit from Michael Easton at
 UCF's  five-yard line. Breshard Perrimen hauled in a catch over the middle for
 79 yards to set up a seven-yard touchdown catch by Hall.
 
 UCF  attempted  the onside  kick, but  Ellington recovered it  to help end the
 game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 South  Carolina  extended  its  streak  to  18  straight  regular-season  wins
 against  non-conference opponents ... South Carolina leads the all-time series
 4-0 ... Each team had four turnovers.
 
 
 09/28 16:59:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
2nd
DUKE 92
WAKE 49
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
4th
TOR 108
CLE 117
 
4th
BOS 83
UTA 84
 
4th
MIN 68
DEN 81
 
3rd
NOP 73
DET 68
 
3rd
MIA 70
LAL 65
 
4th
HOU 79
MEM 89
 
3rd
OKC 79
PHI 90
 
Half
SAN 54
SAC 38
 
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GSW
MIL
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LAC
POR
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 54
HART 52
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
 
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 52
HOU 52
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
2nd
PITT 58
MIAMI 62
 
2nd
TXPA 48
NMST 63
 
2nd
MSU 53
PURD 44
 
2nd
STLU 48
BONA 62
 
2nd
DUKE 92
WAKE 49
 
1st
TULSA 20
CIN 27
 
Half
VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
Half
OKST 34
TCU 30
 
1st
UCLA 41
USC 30
 
Half
WYO 40
UTST 30
 
1st
MARQ 18
STJ 19
 
1st
EILL 15
SIUE 17
 
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FRES
AFA
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SJST
BSU
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NEV
COLST
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ILL
NEB
11:00pm Tonight
ORST
OREG
11:00pm Tonight
UNLV
SDST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
UCSB
 
3rd
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
2nd Intermission
DET 1
NYR 1
 
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ANA
MON
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COL
PIT